Mourinho to drop high-profile players
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will drop some of the high-profile players who gifted the English Premier League title to Manchester City at the weekend, saying ‘‘the price they cost, their salary, their beautiful face’’ doesn’t guarantee a place in his team.
United lost at home to lastplaced West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Monday in one of the most surprising results of the Premier League season.
Mourinho said some players will pay the price by not featuring against Bournemouth tomorrow and potentially against Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday.
‘‘If I play a player against Bournemouth and he plays phenomenal, he plays the semifinal,’’ Mourinho said.
‘‘So it’s not rotating because rotating looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest for somebody who is going to play against Spurs in the semifinal.
‘‘The word is not rotation, the word is an opportunity, for people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs.
‘‘Some of the guys that played [against West Brom], they don’t have a place in that team.’’
Paul Pogba might be one of them, having been substituted in the 58th minute partly because of his poor display but also because he was on a yellow card.
The FA Cup represents United’s last shot at winning a trophy this season.